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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits $650 million worldwide

19 June 2017 6:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is showing some steady sea legs at the box office, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales having pushed its worldwide haul to $650 million this past weekend.

The film, directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and released in the UK as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, has grossed a modest $150 million domestically – over $90 million less than the previous instalment On Stranger Tides, which was itself a franchise low. However, it has been performing very well on the international stage, where is has grossed a further $500 million, including $145 million from China alone.

Worldwide, Dead Men Tell No Tales is now just $4 million short of the total haul of the first instalment, The Curse of the Black Pearl, which earned $654.3 million back in 2003.

See Also: Pirates of the Caribbean won’t continue without Johnny Depp

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- Gary Collinson

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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

16 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat, »

- Steve Greene

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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

16 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat, »

- Steve Greene

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Bo Report: 'Wonder Woman' slays 'The Mummy'

12 June 2017 5:36 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

'The Mummy'..

Universal.s The Mummy reboot was No. 1 in 45 markets last weekend, ranking as the best debut ever for Tom Cruise worldwide, beating Steven Spielberg.s 2005 sci-fi thriller War Of The Worlds. However, Aussie moviegoers were rather less impressed.

The first film in the Dark Universe series opened in second spot, trailing the second outing of Warner Bros. Wonder Woman;.mirroring the Us results last weekend.

The top 20 titles rang up $20.9 million.—.up 16 per cent on the previous week.—.boosted by the Queen.s Birthday holiday, according to Numero.

Director Patty Jenkins. Wonder Woman is benefitting from overwhelming positive media attention and word of mouth, bagging $7.1 million over the 4-day weekend (down just 5 per cent) on 282 screens to reach $16 million.

Even though The Mummy has been crucified by the critics, it hasn't stopped the Alex Kurtzman-directed creature feature from pocketing $US172.3 million internationally, led by China.s $52.4 million. »

- Don Groves

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How VFX Turned Javier Bardem Into the Creepiest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Ghost Villain Ever

6 June 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Javier Bardem playing the vengeful ghost pirate Salazar in “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Kon-Tiki” directing team of  Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg knew they had to come up with a unique look. So they seized on the idea of Salazar and his crew falling apart and trapped in an underwater-like, slow-motion atmosphere. Salazar has a cracked, peeling, Kabuki-like face and a tattered uniform. Best of all, his straggly hair moves around like it’s also submerged.

Creating Salazar’s Disintegrating Look

“We needed something graphic,”said Sandberg. “We felt this hair was a strong connection with the sea and drowning. And it also feels ghostly, and his disintegration adds to the loss that Jack Sparrow [Johnny Depp] gave him.”

“Everything needed to be defined from the bottom up about how the hair moved,” said Rønning:  lighting. Ultimately, it is Javier’s performance that makes you believe in him, seeing »

- Bill Desowitz

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Bo Report: 'Wonder Woman' sinks 'Baywatch'

4 June 2017 7:28 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman.' (© 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. And Ratpac Entertainment, LLC)

Patty Jenkins. Wonder Woman smashed a glass ceiling in the Us last weekend, minting an estimated $US100.5 million as it set a new record for a female director, beating Sam Taylor-Johnson.s Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Australian debut was pretty impressive although, pro-rata, below the Us. Launched on 276 screens, the Warner Bros/DC Comics superhero adventure starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine captured $6.7 million, according to Numero.

Some exhibitors were hoping Wonder Woman would have the potential to get to $20 million but that now seems unlikely unless there is a strong second weekend.

There was daylight between the top title and Paramount.s Baywatch, which rang up $3.6 million on 266 screens, including previews; a rather better result than the disastrous $18.5 million Us opening. The Seth Gordon-directed caper inspired by the TV series benefited from the »

- Don Groves

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Crosses $500 Million at Global Box Office

4 June 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Strong international numbers, especially in China, have powered Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” past the $500 million at the global box office.

The fifth installment in the franchise opened at number one at the domestic box office during what was the slowest Memorial Day Weekend in nearly two decades. In two weekends domestically, the movie has earned $114.6 million. That leaves the remaining $386.6 million to overseas earnings to reach its current worldwide sum, $501.2 million. »

- Seth Kelley

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales': Kaya Scodelario & Brenton Thwaites on Future Films

31 May 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the hugely popular Pirates film franchise that blends fantasy, humor and action into a new tale involving Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). This time around, the down-on-his-luck captain is being pursued by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who is hell-bent on killing Jack, and his only hope of survival is teaming up with a brilliant astronomer named Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) and a young sailor named Henry (Brenton Thwaites) … »

- Christina Radish

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Javier Bardem on Why He Wanted to Join ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

30 May 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the hugely popular Pirates film franchise that blends fantasy, humor and action into a new tale involving Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). This time around, the down-on-his-luck captain is being pursued by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who is hell-bent on killing Jack, and his only hope of survival is teaming up with a brilliant astronomer named Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) and a young sailor named Henry (Brenton Thwaites) … »

- Christina Radish

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This Crazy Pirates Of The Caribbean Effect Was Actually Practical!

30 May 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Nowadays, fans can pretty much look to any big screen blockbusters and point to more than a handful of effects that are obviously CG. It’s one of the big weaknesses in today’s age of filmmaking. Yes, computer generated imagery can make the previously impossible possible, but because of its widespread use, filmmakers have grown to rely on it far too much. The result: pretty much everyone assumes that many of the effects we see nowadays are achieved on a computer.

Pirates of the Caribbean is a franchise that’s always been pretty reliant on CG. From the very first CG skeletons that made up Captain Barbossa’s crew, to the octopus-faced Davy Jones, it’s not a franchise that would have been possible in decades prior. However, that’s not to say that all the effects are achieved using digital magic. In fact, there’s one key moment in the most recent film, »

- Joseph Medina

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Geoffrey Rush on That ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Twist

29 May 2017 2:41 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the hugely popular Pirates film franchise that blends fantasy, humor and action into a new tale involving Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). This time around, the down-on-his-luck captain is being pursued by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who is hell-bent on killing Jack, and his only hope of survival is teaming up with a brilliant astronomer named Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) and a young sailor named Henry (Brenton Thwaites) … »

- Christina Radish

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Spoilers: How Geoffrey Rush feels about that big revelation in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

29 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warning. Spoilers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales follow…

Geoffrey Rush’s Captain Barbossa may have started off as a pure villain in the franchise, but he quickly became a fan-favorite, easily rivaling Captain Jack himself in popularity. Throughout the series we have seen Barbossa involved in all sorts of antics with and, without Jack Sparrow and company. However, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales takes things a step further with the character, and gives audiences a peek into his history, revealing…(Spoilers)… that Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) is actually the long-lost daughter of Hector Barbossa. What does actor Geoffrey Rush think about this big reveal? Talking to Cinema Blend, the actor weighs in:

“It’s a bit like the Dickens novels that, episode by episode, happen over a long period of time and the readers have a contribution to it. I liked »

- Jordan Jones

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‘Pirates 5′ Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg on Crafting Jack’s Backstory

29 May 2017 7:10 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the hugely popular Pirates film franchise that blends fantasy, humor and action into a new tale involving Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). This time around, the down on his luck captain is being pursued by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who is hell bent on killing Jack, and his only hope of survival is teaming up with a brilliant astronomer named Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) and a young sailor named Henry (Brenton Thwaites) … »

- Christina Radish

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens to $270 million as Baywatch sinks at the box office

29 May 2017 3:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The fifth instalment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise set sail this past weekend, with Dead Men Tell No Tales opening to $270.6 million worldwide.

The film claimed $62.2 million domestically, the lowest opening for the series since the first instalment Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl opened with $46.6 million back in 2003. Neverthless, this pushed Disney beyond the $1 billion mark for the year in North America, while the film added a further $208.4 from international markets, including a whopping $67.8 million from China, and a record-setting $18.1 million in Russia. It is expected to pass the $300 million mark today.

See Also: Three Ways to Fix the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

It certainly wasn’t plain sailing for Baywatch at the box office this weekend though, with the R-rated comedy debuting to a disappointing $22.7 million in North America. Given that Paramount Pictures has plans for a sequel, the studio »

- Amie Cranswick

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Bo Report: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' rules although well down on predecessor

28 May 2017 9:21 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales..

The fifth edition of the Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean franchise easily topped the Aussie box office last weekend although the debut was well below the previous installment.

Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and shot in Queensland after an injection of $21.6 million in funding from the federal government plus state government incentives, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales captured $5.9 million on 292 locations, according to ComScore.

That.s 41 per cent below the $9.9 million debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011. The latter finished up earning $27.2 million, which may be out of reach of the new film.

Pirates 5 scored an estimated $US77 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday in the Us and $208 million internationally for a global total of $285 million, so the studio may be hard-pressed to recoup the reported $230 million budget. »

- Don Groves

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Pirates of the Caribbean won’t continue without Johnny Depp

28 May 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While the franchise survived the departure of two of its original stars in Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley with 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed that the series will only continue for as long as Johnny Depp is willing to return as Captain Jack Sparrow.

““I just don’t see it [working on Pirates without Depp],” Bruckheimer told Digital Spy during a press interview to promote the release of the new film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. “The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.”

Bruckheimer also seemingly ruled out a small screen spinoff of the blockbuster series, adding that: “You have a kitchen in your house, right? But you still go out to eat. »

- Gary Collinson

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Box Office: ‘Pirates’ On Course for $275 Million Global Launch

27 May 2017 2:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is sailing its way to an easy domestic box office win this weekend, but it’s international numbers are on course to make an even bigger splash. The fifth film in the Disney franchise is expected to net $275 million globally this Memorial Day weekend after reeling in $110 million already through Friday.

The Johnny Depp vehicle … er … ship only made about $21 million domestically so far — when including Thursday night previews — which means the other $86 million came from abroad. China accounted for most of that money at $21.3 million. India and Vietnam were the only countries where “Pirates” didn’t debut at No. 1.

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A key factor in Disney’s projected digits is the fact that “Dead Men” is opening in a staggering 91 percent of the market at once. In Japan, »

- JD Knapp

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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Tells $75 Million Tale, ‘Baywatch’ Walks the Plank

27 May 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Memorial Day weekend marks the opening for two summer blockbusters this year — “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch” — but only one of the nautical-themed narratives is sailing away with a 4-day win. That’s because Disney’s “Pirates” is currently on course for a debut just under $75 million, while Paramount’s “Baywatch” is expected to drown at just $21 million by weekend’s end.

After taking in $5.5 million in Thursday night previews, the fifth installment of Johnny Depp’s swashbuckling franchise added another $16 million to its domestic gross from 4,276 theaters on Friday, giving it a total of just about $21 million so far. However, the Dwayne Johnson-Zac Efron reboot isn’t expected to make much more than that — even with Saturday and Sunday factored in. “Baywatch” netted $4.5 million from Wednesday and Thursday night previews alone, but only added another $5.5 million from 3,647 locations on Friday. That »

- JD Knapp

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge

26 May 2017 11:03 PM, PDT | Film Companion | See recent Film Companion news »

Watch Sucharita Tyagi's Not A Movie Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (Dead Men Tell No Tales). The movie stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario and Geoffrey Rush and is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. »

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Pirates Of The Caribbean Co-Director Espen Sandberg On The A Pressure Of Hopping On This Franchise

26 May 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Disclaimer: This post contains minor spoilers for the latest Pirates movie.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth entry in the long-running Pirates series, and the second one not to be directed by franchise-starter Gore Verbinski (the first being 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Given the big name surrounding this franchise, it was undoubtedly a hard gig to lock down for co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. We at Lrm had a chance to sit down with co-director Sandberg, and right off the bat, we asked that very question.

Lrm: How did you manage to get it?

Sandberg: Joachim and I chased the movie because we heard that they were going to make a Pirates, and we got hold of the script, and we absolutely loved it, then we started calling basically Disney and Jerry [Bruckheimer] to be allowed to pitch our take on it. »

- Nancy Tapia

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